The fruits of her labour
EVERY Saturday for a year, artist Karena Wynn-Moylan would purchase a basketful of fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers from the Bangalow Farmers Markets.
She would take them home and photograph the basket before using the produce to cook wholesome meals for herself and her partner.
As passionate about food as she is about art, Karena said she just couldn't resist taking photos of the basket.
"The produce looked so beautiful. I just love the look, vibrancy and colour of fresh food," she said.
"The photos were my record of produce that is grown locally and also the different range of vegetables and fruit which are available through the changing seasons.
"I was so inspired that I just had to paint the photos for an exhibition."
Karena had painted about 10 pieces, but was unable to get a gallery interested in her works, so she went on to other projects including self-publishing some books through American company Blurb Books.
Then earlier this year, Peter Mortimor, of Blue Bicycle Gallery in Byron Bay, who has followed Karena's work for many years, purchased Windhorse Gallery in Bangalow.
Karena showed Peter her farmers market paintings and he and his partner Carolyn offered to hold an exhibition at their new gallery.
"I then had to work really hard and paint relentlessly for months to produce 22 watercolours and oil paintings for the exhibition," Karena said.
"I also wanted to do a book of all my paintings, so I invited the growers at the farmers markets to submit a recipe using their own produce and these are incorporated into the book which I have called Produce-d.
"Food and art just work.
"We are so lucky to live in an area where we have the most amazing farmers markets selling the most amazing range of produce.
The exhibition and book launch will be opened by Bangalow restaurateur Katrina Kanetani from Satiate at 6pm tomorrow (Friday) at Windhorse Gallery.
Karena will sign her books and she will also be at the Bangalow Farmers Markets on Saturday, October 1.
Produce-d is also available from www.blurb.com.
The exhibition closes on October 30.